Friday, March 24th, 2017

February 2016 – We received the long awaited Edwin the Duck toy to test in our media lab. The toy is designed to be a companion toy for children from a few months old to about age 5-6. It is designed as a modern electronic friend that adds functions as the child grows. Edwin is [...]

June 2, 2015, Society for Information Display Symposium, San Jose, CA—Engineers from Intel explained their work on RGB-D cameras that operate at over 30 fps. By synchronizing and combining registration of the visible and IR depth information, they enable new apps and user experiences. The underlying technology is similar to that in the Microsoft Kinect. [...]

May 6, 2015, NeuroGaming Conference, San Francisco—A panel moderated by Jim Gatta from the legal firm Pillsbury considered the evolving interfaces and emergence of sensory gaming platforms. Panelists were Tan Le from Emotive, Richard Marks from Sony Playstation Magin Labs, David Holz from Leap Motion, and Nick Thomas from Immersion. The nature of changing interfaces [...]

February 10, 2015, Electronic Imaging Conference, San Francisco—James Rehg from Georgia Tech talked about developing new tools to use the many available video analysis capabilities to evaluate social interactions in younger children. The growing capabilities of vision tools and other sensors provides an ability to measure and analyze behavior. In the recent past, some of [...]

December 15, 2014, IEDM, San Francisco—Hideo Inoue from Toyota talked about the potential future innovations in automatic driver assistance systems in automobiles. The advances in processing power and continued device shrinks will enable more integrated assist, safety, and automation in future cars. The key is the increased intelligence available. One area is a safety item. [...]

October 2014 – Maxim Integrated held an AE and press demo event to show off their new kits for the for the Internet of Things (IoT) product area. These new kits were targeted at wellness and medical electronics as well as standard industrial control. The wellness products had the highlight of the second-generation FIT2 which [...]

September 2014 – At IDF in San Francisco, the keynote added in the application space and shifting content/use that is being driven by the Internet of Things (IoT) and sensor technologies. These devices are found in the terms wearable, smart home, connected devices and appliances, and mobile device control. At the keynote, they were showing [...]

October 2, 2014, ArmTechCon, Santa Clara, CA—Kevin Shaw from Audience talked about the changes in architectures to enable easier integration of sensors into systems. An open sensor hub platform allows greater levels of abstraction of the sensors and better partitioning of the whole system. Systems architectures are evolving to add more sensors. The problem is [...]

August 2014 – The diversity of applications in the marketplace for the Internet of Things (IoT) has caused the development world to start from multiple places in order to bring products in the space to market. Companies are starting at the cloud level, app level, sensor level, communication level and processor level to build a [...]

August 5, 2014, Emerging Display Technology Conference, San Jose, CA—The last session at this conference considered interactivity. Calvin Hsieh from NPD Display Search opened the session, followed by Brian Daly from Synaptics, David Bordui from Cima NanoTech, and Russell Jordan from AMS. Hsieh noted that smart devices have different user interfaces that change with the [...]